Lessie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Lessie family

The surname Lessie was first found in Worcestershire at Abberton, a parish in the union, and Upper division of the hundred, of Pershore. "Henry VIII. granted the whole of the manor or lordship to Thomas and Francis Sheldon, whose family continued to be owners of the parish, until it passed into the possession of the present proprietor, William Laslett, Esq. Abberton Hall, the manor-house, the seat of Mr. Laslett, is in the centre of the estate, on an eminence overlooking a park of nearly 500 acres of pasture; it stands on a level with the Malvern hills, and commands a mos beautiful panoramic view of the Malvern and Bredon hills, the Lench woods, and vale of Evesham." [1]

Early History of the Lessie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lessie research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1586 and 1540 are included under the topic Early Lessie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lessie Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Lessie has been spelled many different ways, including Leslett, Leslet, Lesslie, Lesslet, Leslitt and others.

Early Notables of the Lessie family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Lessie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Lessie family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Lessies to arrive in North America: Laslett, aged 26, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1895; Edward Henry Laslett, aged 39, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1902; Gertrude E. Laslett, aged 25, who arrived at Ellis Island from St. Mary ..., England, in 1907.



The Lessie Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Finem respice
Motto Translation: Consider the end.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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